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Lower Emerald Pools Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (74)

An easy, well-maintained paved path leading to some of Zion's most cherished sights.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Point to Point

4,434' 1,352 m

High

4,307' 1,313 m

Low

128' 39 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Perfect for a quick out-and-back outing with the entire family. The more intrepid of the bunch can head up Upper Emerald Pools Trail, if they want.

Description

From Zion Lodge, cross the footbridge that leads over the Virgin River. On the western bank, you'll intersect the Lower Emerald Pools Trail. Turn right and follow it to the north for a quarter-mile above the river. The trail then turns westward into Heaps Canyon and parallels a stream to the first of the Emerald Pools.

Enjoy the beauty of the cascade, which flows at varying rates depending on season and precipitation, and then continue on the trail to the middle pool. The middle pool is located on the cliff above the lower pool and feeds the falls.

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Brian Smith

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  3.8 from 74 votes

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Zion National Park
Feb 5, 2015 near Springdale, UT
Waterfall at the end of Lower Emerald Pools trail. Fabulous after the rain!
May 5, 2019 near Springdale, UT
Zion National Park.
Sep 30, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Moon and water
Feb 5, 2015 near Springdale, UT
If you want to see it in its full beauty, try getting there right before/after the rain (The rangers close the trail during the rain so be mindful).
Jan 15, 2016 near Springdale, UT
Hiking down to the Lower Emerald Pools.
Dec 17, 2015 near Springdale, UT

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Aug 7, 2022
Paul Avazier
Jul 22, 2022
Garret Maier
Jul 21, 2022
Matt Culpepper
Last leg of the Emerald Pools loop (3/500 total) 1mi
Jul 2, 2022
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0.8mi
Jun 30, 2022
Christina Manglona
Jun 17, 2022
William Stokes
Jun 2, 2022
G Allen Daily
May 8, 2022
Pylar Godfrey